From data to vision: Big data in government

Rhoda Joseph

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This chapter examines the use of big data in the public sector. The public sector pertains to governmentrelated activities. The specific context in this chapter looks at the use of big data at the country level, also described as the federal level. Conceptually, data is processed through a "knowledge pyramid" where data is used to generate information, information generates knowledge, and knowledge begets wisdom. Using this theoretical backdrop, this chapter presents an extension of this model and proposes that the next stage in the pyramid is vision. Vision describes a future plan for the government agency or business, based on the current survey of the organization's environment. To develop these concepts, the use of big data is examined in three different countries. Both opportunities and challenges are outlined, with recommendations for the future. The concepts examined in this chapter are within the constraints of the public sector, but may also be applied to private sector initiatives pertaining to big data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStrategic Data-Based Wisdom in the Big Data Era
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781466681231
ISBN (Print)1466681225, 9781466681224
StatePublished - Feb 28 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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